Poet, author and activist Maya Angelou dead at 86

mayaangelouobitA voice of hope and inspiration has fallen silent.

Renowned poet Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.

Maya Angelou died in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Wednesday morning.

In addition to being an award-winning poet,  she was novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist.

In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

She achieved all of this while overcoming a difficult childhood –  one that fueled much of her work as an artist.

Maya Angelou’s final tweet:

A statement from Maya Angelou’s family on her Facebook page following her death: 

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